History Main / LudicrousPrecision

3rd Sep '17 1:22:04 AM SeptimusHeap
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%%* ''{{Amelie}}'', the narrator.

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%%* ''{{Amelie}}'', ''Film/{{Amelie}}'', the narrator.
31st Jul '17 12:36:37 PM garthvader
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** Playing the trope straight, Ritsuko will often give extremely low percentages of success (often something like 0.000234%) to the strategies NERV comes up with against the Angels. Naturally, they usually succeed. [[spoiler:It's justified in that the top brass are secretly following prophetic documents, so they ''know'' the strategy will work, regardless of its conventional probability.]]

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** Playing the trope straight, Ritsuko will often give extremely low percentages of success (often something like 0.000234%) to the strategies NERV comes up with against the Angels. Naturally, they usually succeed. [[spoiler:It's justified in that the top brass are secretly following prophetic documents, so they ''know'' the strategy will work, regardless of its conventional probability. Though it is amusing to speculate that if NERV does everything else the same way, their operating budget could include future lottery winnings.]]
20th Jun '17 11:44:45 PM Nulono
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* In the hard sciences (especially physics and chemistry) the use of significant digits is a necessity to correctly reflect the variations between measuring devices and to understand the meaning of the margin of error (and use it). If you are measuring something to the thousandth decimal place, having a reading that just goes to the tenth decimal place is an incongruity (if you are using the same device you can't have both .005 and .05 as measurements, the second number has to be .050 or something with that added decimal place). All that said, unless you are going into something like particle physics there is almost no real world need to be that precise (i.e. a house isn't going to collapse if you are .5 cm off on the span of a beam). This is also part of the reason a lot of old-line engineers miss slide rules -- taking calculator results too literally frequently leads to false precision when it isn't needed. However, besides physics, in classical analytical chemistry (i.e., the kind that nobody does anymore since the advent of spectrometry and spectroscopy methods: gravimetry, titrations, potentiometric analysis etc.) high precision is ''vital'' if it's a quantitative analysis. Same goes for reagent masses in synthesis. Yes, it can really make a difference if you use 0.572 instead of 0.579 g of a reagent.

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* In the hard sciences (especially physics and chemistry) the use of significant digits is a necessity to correctly reflect the variations between measuring devices and to understand the meaning of the margin of error (and use it). If you are measuring something to the thousandth decimal place, having a reading that just goes to the tenth decimal place is an incongruity (if you are using the same device you can't have both .005 and .05 as measurements, measurements; the second number has to be .050 or something with that added decimal place). All that said, unless you are going into something like particle physics there is almost no real world need to be that precise (i.e. a house isn't going to collapse if you are .5 cm off on the span of a beam). This is also part of the reason a lot of old-line engineers miss slide rules -- taking calculator results too literally frequently leads to false precision when it isn't needed. However, besides physics, in classical analytical chemistry (i.e., the kind that nobody does anymore since the advent of spectrometry and spectroscopy methods: gravimetry, titrations, potentiometric analysis etc.) high precision is ''vital'' if it's a quantitative analysis. Same goes for reagent masses in synthesis. Yes, it can really make a difference if you use 0.572 instead of 0.579 g of a reagent.
17th Jun '17 11:34:01 PM Lapuspuer
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* Often PlayedForLaughs in the comics of Creator/CarlBarks and Creator/DonRosa, where it became a RunningGag to give the value Scrooge [=McDuck=]'s fortune as [[EleventyZillion some ludicrously huge number]] plus sixteen cents (or similar). In fact, the page image for EleventyZillion is an example of this.
5th Jun '17 3:36:23 PM ZombieAladdin
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* During the supercomputer Watson's run on ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'', whenever Watson was asked to make a wager in Daily Double or Final Jeopardy, it would bet amounts as precise as the show's rules would allow, based on its calculations on how likely its answer was correct. Human players almost always bet round numbers. Watson, instead, would bet amounts like $6435 or $947.
12th May '17 8:53:12 AM Trueman001
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* Each 250ml bottle of Original Source Mint shower gel is made with 7,927 leaves of mint. Because, as we all know, using only 7,926 leaves just wouldn't cut it.
5th May '17 8:58:35 PM Anorgil
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See also MouthfulOfPi and GoodWithNumbers. Often used by characters like the ClockKing. Sounds like, but is (usually) unrelated to, ImprobableAimingSkills. AndNinetyNineCents is a trope that plays with this one. Compare to YourDaysAreNumbered.

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See also MouthfulOfPi and GoodWithNumbers. Often used by characters like the ClockKing. Sounds like, but is (usually) unrelated to, ImprobableAimingSkills.ImprobableAimingSkills[[note]]The few times that they are related are when the mass, force, and trajectory of a missile are explicitly and precisely calculated[[/note]]. AndNinetyNineCents is a trope that plays with this one. Compare to YourDaysAreNumbered.
21st Apr '17 12:25:20 AM C2
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'''Han Solo:''' NeverTellMeTheOdds!

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'''Han Solo:''' NeverTellMeTheOdds!NeverTellMeTheOdds
28th Mar '17 11:13:18 AM Anorgil
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* In ''{{Series/Firefly}}'', this is how River killed three of Niska's henchmen: She memorized their positions and "did the math."
11th Mar '17 12:04:48 PM nombretomado
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* Played for laughs in ''MetalWolfChaos'' where Jody flat-out ''guessing'' it will take the Alcatraz Cannon four minutes to recharge turns out to be accurate to the nearest hundredth of a second.

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* Played for laughs in ''MetalWolfChaos'' ''VideoGame/MetalWolfChaos'' where Jody flat-out ''guessing'' it will take the Alcatraz Cannon four minutes to recharge turns out to be accurate to the nearest hundredth of a second.
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